Tag Archive: Silicon Valley

  1. Hackbright
    by Angie Chang

    After 10-Week Python Training Program, Women Engineers Receive Job Offers From Silicon Valley Startups

    Hackbright Academy in San Francisco trains women to be developers.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Andree Brazeau moved to San Francisco from Canada and began teaching herself to code. A year later, she still wasn’t able to find a job as a developer, so she applied for Hackbright Academy. The Python training program was already full, but Andree persisted. Thanks to a last-minute dropout, Andree was admitted to the all-female software training program in June.

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    by Angie Chang

    Computer Programmers Learn Tough Lesson In Sharing

    Pairing is finding fans at technology companies…

    By Joseph Walker (Writer, Wall Street Journal)

    Virginia Woolf argued that a woman writer needs a room of her own. In Silicon Valley, some companies are questioning whether software programmers even need their own cubicles.

    Their method is “pair programming” — where two people share one desk and one computer.

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    by Angie Chang

    What Is A Design Product Manager?

    Design Product Managers sit at the intersection between technical and business (engineers and marketers).

    By Samihah Azim (Design Product Manager, BizeeBee)

    This is a question I’m often asked. Sometimes we’re labeled as Product Designers, other times it’s Product Managers, and even other times we’re Product Managers of User Experience. But labels are just that – labels. To fully understand what a Design Product Manager is, I’m going to attempt to summarize below.

    Traditionally, Product Managers have either come from engineering (technical PM’s), or they’re more business minded, typically hailing from Marketing (PM’s focused on growth). But what we’re seeing in Silicon Valley is this understanding that users

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    by Angie Chang

    Top 10 Ways 500 Startups Open Doors For Love With Food

    The 500 experience has definitely helped us grow in many unimaginable ways, more than I can list…

    By Aihui Ong (Founder & CEO, Love With Food)

    There are so many incubator/accelerator programs in Silicon Valley (e.g. AngelPad, 500 Startups, YC) and each has a different application process, providing different levels of investment in exchange for equity. However, they all share a common trait – they aim to open doors for you, help propel you to the next stage of your startup growth. What they don’t do is spoon-feeding. Hand holding not included.

    Love With Food is fortunate to be part of 500 Startups (graduated Feb’12), one of the top 10 startup incubators

  5. London Olympics Soccer Women
    by Angie Chang

    Analogies Between The Olympics And Being A Startup CEO

    There are many analogies between Olympic events and being a startup CEO here in the valley.

    By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)

    Like many of you, our family has enjoyed watching a bit of the Olympics. While I’m usually not one to watch much TV in the evening I’ve enjoyed a few hours of watching the games. My favorites are the gymnastics (both men and women) as well as anything else acrobatic – diving, jumping etc. My least favorite is swimming and beach volleyball.

    Despite the heavy “schmaltz” factor, I also enjoy learning about the athletes, their personal stories and obstacles they’ve overcome. I’m sure these are popular because many of us can

  6. Women-in-Tech
    by Angie Chang

    Women Heroes In Tech: The Best Kept Secrets Of Silicon Valley

    I seek to widen the pool of female heroes in tech. They might not have a huge PR machine behind them, but these women have truly made their mark on the professional landscape in Silicon Valley.

    By Marilyn Nagel (CEO, Watermark)

    If you Google “women in tech,” it’s likely that the same 5-10 women will pop up in your search results. These hyper-visible women (Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Susan Wojcicki, to name a few) have become the poster girls of women leaders in Silicon Valley. They’re great at what they do, and they certainly act as role models for women interested in breaking into tech.

    While creating a group of superstars serves its purpose, I fear that seeing the same faces repeatedly gives the impression that they’re the only women succeeding in Silicon Valley, when in reality, exceptional women leaders are

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    by Angie Chang

    Do’s & Don’ts For Raising Money As A First Time Founder

    Get a mentor! Actually, get a couple. One who is light years ahead of you and one who is not quite as far along to help you take things one day at a time.

    By Courtney Powell (Founder & CEO, PublikDemand)

    One day I hope to describe in greater detail my lessons from fundraising for PublikDemand. It has been an extraordinary experience.

    Have more do’s and don’ts? Tell me at [email protected] or @CourtneyPowell.

    In the meantime…

    On AngelList:

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    by Angie Chang

    Pitch Investor Event Bubble Tank Produced And Won By Women

    The big winner of last week’s Bubble Tank in Palo Alto was Melanie Perkins of Canva.

    By Sarah Austin (Founder, Pop17) & Tina Hui (Co-Founder & CEO, The Leisurely)

    What better way to embody Silicon Valley and startups than the investor startup pitch? Having been to dozens of pitch investor conferences, we organized Bubble Tank on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at The Four Seasons Silicon Valley in Palo Alto – a hot spot where many Silicon Valley partnerships have been inked over the years. The special twist: the event was filmed with a possibility of inclusion in the upcoming Bravo TV Network show aptly titled “Silicon Valley”.

    Bubble Tank included Women 2.0′s Sepideh Nasiri among the advisors judging the pitches. Many pitch finalists were women

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    by Angie Chang

    Connecting Startups, Investors To Make An Impact On The World (Bubble Tank)

    Bubble Tank works with VCs and angel investors to bring a young fresh face to the world of investing.

    By Sarah Austin (Founder, Pop17)

    Bubble Tank is a series inspired by Pop17 to get advice, input, and strategy from some of the top investors in Silicon Valley.

    It’s a way to work with VCs and power angel investors to bring a young fresh face to the world of investing. My goal in this series is to be a listener and learner and give back to the larger Silicon Valley community by connecting startups with investors whom, together, can have a significant impact on the world.

    I have some small investments made that I will see

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    by Angie Chang

    Can Mothers Found Startups? (Hint: Yes)

    “People expect mothers to be less committed and therefore give them less responsibility and pay them less from the start.”

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    An article in this weekend’s New York Times shed some more light on Silicon Valley’s worst-kept secret: it has a woman problem. Its look at female founders of tech start-ups who also have children shows a remarkable lack of self-consciousness about Maternal Wall bias, the strongest and most open form of gender bias today.

    According to the article, women make up 10% of founders at high-growth tech companies, and raise 70% less capital than men do. There are a lot of reasons for this; we discussed sexual harassment in our last post, and we’ll take on the meritocracy myth

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    by Angie Chang

    Silicon Valley VC Firms Say They Welcome More Women

    Still, Sequoia concedes its lack of woman general partners. “We agree there’s an issue and we’re eager to work with more people from diverse and interesting backgrounds,” Kovacs said.

    By Connie Guglielmo (Contributing Writer, Forbes)

    Award-winning actress Geena Davis, who started a foundation to study how women are portrayed in the media, spoke at the Women Presidents’ Organization in April and said women make up just 17% of the population in Congress, among film narrators and in crowd scenes in movies.

    “It almost seems like you have to go deliberately out of your way to leave out that many women,” Davis said. Ellen Pao, a junior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is suing the VC firm over discrimination. Those aren’t the only places it seems that way.

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    by Angie Chang

    App Academy Trains iOS (iPhone) Developers In 9-Week Course, Then Helps You Find A $80-90k Entry-Level Job

    Free summer course in San Francisco to take you from a newbie to an entry level iOS (iPhone) developer.

    By Kush Patel (TA, App Academy)

    This week we launched App Academy, a free 9-week full-time software engineering course in San Francisco. The launch made the front page of Hacker News. We got hundreds of amazing applicants applying on the first day, but we want more!

    The course is an intensive program in Ruby, Objective-C and iOS development designed to prepare students for careers as professional developers. Our program is very hands-on. Students will pair-program as they work on projects and build apps. At the end, they’ll graduate with GitHub repos and projects containing thousands of lines of code showing what they’re capable of.

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    by Angie Chang

    The "Uppity Women" Of Silicon Valley

    Gender discrimination is not going to change until there are more women in Silicon Valley.

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    Silicon Valley was hit hard last week when venture capitalist Ellen Pao‘s lawsuit against former employer Kleiner Perkins was made public.

    Without pretending any knowledge about the validity of Pao’s individual claims, let’s just put aside the false surprise and outrage at the discovery that there’s sexism in Silicon Valley. The tech industry is stunningly gender biased. Just read the first paragraph of this article in the New York Times, and then the response of journalist Xeni Jardin at BoingBoing. “Men are credited with inventing the internet,” she writes. Important distinction there.

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    by Angie Chang

    Meet Your Founder Friday Hosts For June 2012

    11 cities will be hosting Women 2.0 Founder Friday events on June 1, 2012 – find one near you!

    By Sepideh Nasiri (Director of All Things Offline, Women 2.0)

    Join us for Founder Friday networking events on June 1, 2012!

    Founder Friday is a Women 2.0 networking event promoting the creation of new networks among aspiring entrepreneurs, current entrepreneurs and investors in innovative cities around the world.

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    by Angie Chang

    Michigan High School Girls Visit Silicon Valley, Women 2.0

    “Visiting Women 2.0… showed me that women can make it in the startup world.”

    By Jillian Waun (Freshman, Academy of Sacred Heart)

    I have recently returned from a trip to San Francisco with 11 other girls from my school. At my school, we call this experience Project Term. For Project Term, there are many options for trips. One trip goes to the Amazon, another to a farm in New York, or you can stay back home for local trips.

    We are asked for choices to where we want to go; San Francisco was my first choice!

    On our San Francisco trip, we visited many companies like Pinterest, Pixar, Twilio, and also Women 2.0.

  16. east-vs-west
    by Angie Chang

    Startup Fundraising (West Coast vs. East Coast)

    Investors in the Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley ask different questions, evaluate deals on different criteria.

    By Ellie Cachette (Founder & CEO, ConsumerBell)

    The interesting thing about fundraising, in general, is that it’s very complex and there are many things that can affect your chances or strategy around funding. Each ecosystem is different as to how it sees value in things so it’s important to know where the best ecosystem is – for your company as well as investors most likely to invest in your company.

    For example, if you are mobile and need to build your team, try to find areas that have talented or underpoached developers. If you are social and need to be close to other agencies, then you should

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Would A Geek Girl Want To Attend TiECon?

    Entrepreneurship is perfect for women – whether single or married, with or without children! Here’s why.

    By Gargi Nalawade (Founder & CEO, Sepalz)

    Successes such as Instagram have the whole developer community up in restless excitement. At least 2 developers approached me the day the Instagram acquisition was announced.

    “I’d like to talk to you about becoming an entrepreneur,” one said.

    “I’d like to know how exactly to become an entrepreneur and what it takes,” said another.

    Looking at Instagram and the 12 people team that made millions in a few months is giving them a rush.